Q: I can’t get my calves to grow. What can I do in my training to add size to this stubborn body part? — LANCE O., WASHINGTON, D.C.
The solution is simple, says James Grage, a former competitive bodybuilder and co-founder and VP of BPI Sports, a leading sports nutrition company. On whatever calf exercise you’re doing—like, say, standing calf raises—lower the weight in a slow two-count, take a slight pause at the bottom, then explode up.
“The gastrocnemius muscle is composed of fast-twitch fibers that are stimulated by explosive movements,” he says. “At the top of the rep, pause and squeeze for a moment before repeating the cycle. Do this for every rep.”
Remember: The key lies in explosive movement: “If you want to bounce,” says Grage, “get a pogo stick.”
But that's not the only way to improve your calf development. Step one, of course, is a good calf workout. You may benefit from training your calves more, rather than just once a week. And be sure to check out our 10 exercises to work your legs to exhaustion.